Even before kickoff of Super Bowl 57 on Sunday one thing was for certain: another Super Bowl Championship ring was heading to a native of Horn Lake.
Sunday’s game pitted the Kansas City Chiefs with linebacker Darius Harris, a former Horn Lake Eagle, against the Philadelphia Eagles, with linebacker Nakobe Dean, also a former Horn Lake Eagle.
In the end, it was Harris and the Chiefs coming away with a come-from-behind 38-35 victory over Dean and the Philadelphia Eagles. He made one tackle in Sunday’s Super Bowl victory.
Harris is a third-year linebacker for the Chiefs who played college football at Middle Tennessee State, went undrafted coming out of college but signed a contract with Kansas City in 2019.
In high school, Harris played quarterback and defensive back for Horn Lake.
Sunday’s victory was the second championship for Harris, who won a title in 2020 when Kansas City defeated the San Francisco 49ers. After the game, he was shown savoring the moment with his son.
Dean was looking to add a Super Bowl title to his MHSAA 6A state championship with Horn Lake and college football National Championship with the Georgia Bulldogs. The two-time Dick Butkus Award winner was a reserve for the Eagles this season but saw time on special teams during Sunday’s game.
Regardless of who won, the city of Horn Lake was reveling in the knowledge that another of its high school alums was a professional football champion.
Harris joins current Horn Lake High School football coach Brandon Jackson as Super Bowl champions. Jackson, also a native of Horn Lake and Horn Lake High School alum, won a title with the Green Bay Packers in 2010.
Mississippi high school showed up and showed out during the Super Bowl, as 11 former Mississippi football players took the field the title tilt, the most of any state in the nation.